Today’s Chicago Trib had a long and generous article about local author Veronica Roth. She’s a 25-year old phenom who’s hot, hot, hot with the YA crowd who latched onto her debut novel, Divergent, the first of a trilogy set in Chicago which depicts a disturbing, dystopic future society. Roth grew up in Barrington, attended NU, and currently resides in Chicago. She’s feeling pleased but anxious with all the media attention, the press of adoring fans at all her bookstore appearances, and the expected surge in popularity the release of the Divergent movie will bring. The second book, Insurgent, was released in 2012, and third book, Allegiant, will be released in five days. Roth spent the day recently at a HarperCollins warehouse in Aurora signing over 3,000 copies of the new book in preparation for the release parties and sales events coming up next week.
Before the last part of the “Divergent” trilogy, “Allegiant,” will be published in October, Veronica Roth will start publishing 4 e-stories about Four’s history from his point of view. The first story about Tobias (or Four) should be available September 24 and the others will appear over the next few months. Each will be 30 pages long and sell for $1.99. (They should be coming out in print by February, also.)
The author can also look forward to the film release of “Divergent” in March, 2014. A little hard to believe that Roth is a 24-year-old graduate of Northwestern and a Barrington native! EPL holdings of Roth’s work.
Divergent author Veronica Roth is currently featured on our home page and will be taking part in a YA discussion June 8 here at EPL! See this article in the Trib about YA writers, which explains in part how Roth wrote her book. (“Divergent” is considered a readalike to the dystopian The Hunger Games.) Here’s a link to the NY Times review.